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Explore Fishing Spots in the Clifton Park Area That Are Off the Hook

Local fishermen might not give up their favorite spots to cast a line - but we will! Clifton Park and southern Saratoga County are filled with great spots for fishing along major rivers, on lakes, and at other bodies of water. Both seasoned anglers and beginners are sure to have a great experience at these off the hook places for fishing.

For Bank & Shore Fishermen

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Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve

This nature preserve is only a few feet from the intersection of Pierce and Kinns Roads in Clifton Park between Northway Exits 9 & 10. With three bodies of water that meet in the preserve - Dwaas Kill, Cooley Kill, and Long Kill - there is a good chance you'll be able to catch brook trout during your trip. A designated fishing trail in the preserve follows the Dwaas Kill, and there are multiple parking areas and trailheads along Pierce Road.

Barney Road Pond

If you enjoy fishing on small, quiet bodies of water, then Barney Road Pond is the spot for you. Located in Clifton Park, this fishing pond is a popular place to catch black bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, and black crappie. The carp in the pond are illegal to possess, and you must release them upon capture. Parking is available on the side of Valencia Lane along the bottom edge of the pond.

Crescent Park

Take a trip to Terminal Road in Halfmoon and try shore fishing in the Mohawk River at Crescent Park. This park is open from dawk to dusk, and there is a large public parking area. You can follow the path along the riverbank to find a nice spot to cast your line in the river. A handicap accessible fishing spot is available under the Crescent Bridge.

Vischer Ferry Lock 7 Dam

A short walk from the Lock 7 Dam Overlook on Sugar Hill Road in Rexford is the perfect rocky shoreline for fishing along the Mohawk River. You'll know it's a good fishing day if you see birds circling above and diving toward the water. Public parking is available at a gravel lot on Sugar Hill Road.

Fish From Your Boat

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Mohawk Landing Nature Preserve

For those that enjoy fishing from their kayak or canoe, this is the perfect launch into the Mohawk River. Grab your pole and get ready to reel in bass, walleye, carp and more from the mighty river. Be sure to take a walk on the trails before hitting the water.

Round Lake

Head north on Route 9 from Clifton Park and you’ll come across Round Lake. With a mean depth of 7 feet, this lake makes for an excellent warm water fishery. Catch tiger musky (muskellunge), northern pike, black crappie and more through the lake. The boat launch here is state owned and run by the DEC.

Ballston Lake

Just west of Clifton Park, this long and narrow lake has a public pier and boat launch (small car top boats) on its north end. Here you’ll find largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegills and more. On Lake Road there is a trailer launch available for a small fee.

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